President Garvey Reviews: Playing through the Whistle by S.L. Price Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

On the last Friday of each month University President John Garvey reviews a piece of art for The Tower.

      Aliquippa, an old industrial town in Southwestern Pennsylvania, has historically produced two things: Steel and great football players. Since 2008, the Aliquippa High School football team has gone to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) title game each year. Fabled football players like Mike Ditka, former coach of the Chicago Bears; Ty Law, three-time Super Bowl champion; and New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis all played for Aliquippa. Aliquippa has other notable alums, like Oscar winning composer Henry Mancini, who wrote the theme music for The Pink Panther and “Moon River,” for Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

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Catholic University Prepares for March for Life

By Makenzie Winter
      On January 27th, 2017, students from the Catholic University of America will participate in the 44th annual Vigil for Life and March for Life.  They will join thousands of students and fellow Pro-Life supporters from across the country to protest the United States Supreme Court Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion in the United States.  Following the March for Life, Pro-Life members spend time lobbying with members of Congress.

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Development of Center for the Study of Statesmanship Announced

By Sarah Donofrio
      On Thursday, January 19th, the Catholic University of America Politics Department announced the development of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship. The Center will focus Statesmanship through research, teaching, and public discussion. The Center will be directed by Claes G. Ryn, Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America, and former Chairman of the Politics Department for six years.

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Catholic University of America Students Participate in Women’s March on Washington

By Rachel Gallagher
      The Women’s March on Washington on January 22, 2017 gathered roughly 500,000 protesters in Washington D.C. and millions more at sister marches in cities across the country and around the world. Among those marching in Washington was a group of roughly seventy students from the Catholic University of America. The group, organized by junior politics major Raelyn Schnappauf, met at the Brookland metro stop Saturday morning to travel to the march together and represent the students of Catholic University. Despite Saturday’s overcast sky, the streets surrounding the National Mall in Washington D.C. were filled as an estimated half million women, men, and children marched to protest President Donald Trump as he began his first day in office.

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Politics Corner, 1/29

By Duane Paul Murphy

Potential Kennedy Run for Office

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of President John F. Kennedy and former American ambassador to Japan, may plan a potential run for political office. According to the New York Post, she may be eying on Congress in New York during the 2018 midterms elections. Kennedy has flirted with political aspirations with Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vacant senate seat back in 2009, but decided not to run. If she decides to run for political office in New York, she might join the rest of her dynastic family’s tradition of public service. Several members of the Kennedy Family still hold public office including Connecticut state senator Edward M. Kennedy Jr. and Massachusetts congressman Joe Kennedy III

Executive Takes Action

Since taking office last week, President Trump has signed and authorized 12 executive orders. From immigration to the environment, his orders have covered a variety of issues.

In regards to immigration, his recent executive actions have ordered the U.S. government to construct a border wall between Mexico, construct or contract out for more detention facilities at or near the southern border, hire an additional set of 5,000 border patrol agents, and deport undocumented immigrants who have been convicted or charged with a crime. Also, President Trump ordered the approval of permits for the Dakota Access and Keystone Oil Pipelines, which will likely face mass opposition and protest from environmentalists and Native American activists. The president has ordered that public dollar cannot go to organizations or programs that provide abortion medical services around the world.

January 27th, 2017

In this issue:

  • CUA Students Participate in the Women’s March on Washington
  • CUA Preps for March for Life
  • Plans for the Center for the Study of Statesmanship Announced
  • A Review from President Garvey
  • New Exhibit in Mullen Library
  • Women’s Basketball Defeats Susquehanna
  • The Art of Youth in D.C.

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Construction in Marist Hall Continues by Duane Paul Murphy

The Catholic University of America is conducting structural repairs on one of the university’s major historic buildings, Marist Hall. Since October 3, 2016, a majority of the classes regularly scheduled in Marist Hall have been relocated to various other locations across the campus due to visible cracking in the building’s west wing section. The cracking was attributed to the likely deterioration of the foundational walls as well as the load bearing walls and soil under the building’s foundation. According to the university’s Office of Facilities Planning and Management, the 2011 earthquake or subsurface drainage issues possibly caused the conditions.

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Music Library Reading Room Opens After Temporary Closure by Sarah Donofrio

The Catholic University Music Library announced a temporary closure of the library reading room on Monday, January 9th. According to an email sent to music school students, faculty, and staff, a facilities emergency that occurred over the weekend resulted in an indefinite closing of the reading room including the main stacks of the library.

Library staff first discovered that water leaked from a radiator in the reading room of the Music Library on Friday, January 6th. While no books in the collection were damaged, two bookshelves needed to be moved, requiring the room be temporarily closed to students.

“With hundreds of books displaced and a shelving unit unstable due to a piece that needed to be removed to reach the radiator, we had to keep the room closed to patrons,” said Instruction and Marketing Librarian of the Music Libraries, Thad Garrett. “The rest of the Music Library was kept open regular hours, and our staff retrieved books from the reading room as needed.”

Students in need of materials located in the reading room during the temporary closure were able to retrieve materials with the assistance of library staff, and were recommended to use the graduate study and computer rooms.

After the closure of Architecture and Planning and the Physics satellite libraries earlier in the academic year, the temporary closure of the Music Library reading room caused concern.

Additionally, the Music Library hours have decreased for the 2016-2017 academic year. The library now closes at 7 pm, while it closed at 9 pm last year. Music students organized a petition in October to demonstrate to administration how valuable the Music Library is for students.

“While the recent closing of the reading rooms due to maintenance issues is understandable, I hope that this closure is not an omen of future permanent closure, which would affect music students negatively,” said musicology graduate student Ben Yuly.

Music School students view the reading room as an asset to their studies. While the closing of the reading room was only temporary, music students recognized the impact of its closure.

“The reading room is designed for a music scholar to be able to pull and read from multiple large volumes of non-circulating musical scores in the collection,” said music education graduate student William Tell. “This library is a treasure for musicians at The Catholic University of America and Washington, D.C. at large. Access to it is fundamental to the work of music students. The university needs to repair and reopen this library as soon as possible.”

The Staff in the recently closed Physics Library said that the library was rarely used for its intended purpose. Music students believe the library and its collections are integral to their studies, and would be adversely impacted if it were to permanently close.

“The music library is extremely important to the music students. It is an important resource for research and also for musicianship.The scores, books, and manuscript facsimiles housed in the library are invaluable for study and practice, and their collection in one place in the music building is indispensable,” said musicology graduate student Ben Yuly.

The necessary repairs were completed on Friday, January 13th, and the reading room re-opened following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend

MLK Day of Service by Alexander Santana

Monday, January 16, 2017 marked the largest service day in the history of The Catholic University of America. For 11 consecutive years, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at The Catholic University of America has honored a man whose example has inspired college students across America especially at Catholic University. A total of 866 members of the Catholic University community served in neighborhoods across the Washington, D.C. area.

The Day of Service began at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center where President Garvey and Reverend Jude DeAngelo, O.F.M. Conv., University chaplain and director of Campus Ministry, addressed the participants.

“It was a great blessing to look over 870 CUA students volunteering from so many different campus groups to honor the legacy of Dr. King and fulfill the mission of our University,” said Father Jude.

Reverend Donald E. Robinson, founder and president of Beacon House, shared his experience of participating in the Civil Rights Movement and the personal impact that Dr. King had on his own life. Beacon House is a nonprofit organization that provides social services to at-risk, low-income children in and around the Edgewood Commons community of northeast Washington, D.C.

Some examples of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service included picking up garbage in a park, reading books to school children in schools, and cleaning the Catholic Charities homeless shelter. Robert Rossetto, a freshman accounting major, volunteered at a park in Hyattsville.

“After serving the city of Hyattsville on Martin Luther King Day of Service, I feel the park is in better condition,” Rossetto said. “Our group cleared the park of trash and any other debris. Because of this, the citizens of Hyattsville will have a nicer park to go to and enjoy there time there.”

Volunteers ranged from students, religious, faculty, staff, as well as Catholic University President John Garvey and his wife Jeanne Garvey volunteered at various locations and supported charitable organizations including Rock Creek Park, Little Sisters of the Poor, Jeanne Jugan Residence, and the Franciscan Monastery. According to a press release, this year’s theme centered around a specific quote from Dr. King: “Make a career of humanity.”

Breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt featuring a quote by Dr. King were provided to all participants. The first Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service was held in 2006 and had just 26 participants. Alejandro Ros, a freshman biomedical engineering major went to the Catholic Charities homeless shelter where the vulnerable and neglected of Washington, D.C. go to sleep in a clean and safe environment. “Catholic Charities is like a homeless shelter and it’s open from 7am-7pm and they have beds for people to come in and sleep there for the night. It was a great experience, we got to see how some people have to live their lives and we’re able to help them and clean the place up for them,” Ros said.

Catholic University Prepares for the 58th Inauguration

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Catholic University Prepares for the 58th Inauguration

By: Christopher Motola

      As Donald Trump is set to be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday, Catholic University students are all marking the occasion in their own different ways. Many students and professors have plans to travel to the National Mall Friday morning in order to view the ceremony.

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